Gabon's President Bongo dies: French media

The 73-year-old checked into a clinic in Spain last month amid reports that he was suffering from cancer.

Gabon's President Bongo dies: French media

Gabon's President Omar Bongo has died after 41 years in power in the central African country, French media said on Sunday, but the country's prime minister said he was unable to confirm the reports.

The 73-year-old checked into a clinic in Spain last month amid reports that he was suffering from cancer.

There was no immediate comment from the hospital on Sunday.

Quoting a source close to Bongo's entourage, the website of French magazine Le Point reported on Sunday that Bongo had died.

But Gabon's Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong said he was surprised by the French media reports.

"If such a situation happens, I think and I know that the family of President Bongo would naturally inform me. This is not the case at the moment I am talking to you," Ndong told Gabonese television on Sunday evening.

Concerns over the health of Africa's longest-serving ruler intensified last month after he suspended his functions as head of the oil-producing state for the first time since taking power in 1967.

But Gabon's government said last month Bongo was resting in Spain after the death of his wife in March and that he would return home to resume his functions as head of state.


Reuters

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